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[:en]On 29th October, Reach a Hand Uganda, will be holding its third annual Intergenerational dialogue. This year’s theme is: Sexuality Education: Who is Responsible? RAHU will is going to engage government, parents, teachers, religious leaders, civil society and young people as we find out who the right person to deliver sexuality education.

This is a great opportunity for people to understand the various aspects of sexuality education which range from sexual development, sexual and reproductive health, interpersonal relationships, body changes, gender roles and a whole lot more! The hashtag is #IGDug16

Want to know about what Sexuality Education is, watch this video : Being a Young Person by UNESCO

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[:en]Please join us in a high-level meeting to discuss the progress of the ESA Commitment at the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa.

WHEN: Monday, 18 July 2016, 8:00 – 12:30

WHERE: Room session 6 at the International AIDS Conference 2016, Durban International Convention Centre, Durban, South Africa

The meeting will host selected ministers, senior government officials from ministries of health, education, youth and gender; young people; development partners; and civil society to:

1. Review progress towards the ESA Commitment 2015 targets, share best practices and acheterviagrafr24.com agree on next steps to accelerate progress towards 2020 targets.

2. Discuss ways to strengthen cross-sectoral collaboration to ensure effective delivery of all the ESA Commitment targets.

3. Reaffirm political commitment by endorsing Roadmap 2020, which outlines key milestones to reach the 2020 targets.

Please check back soon for the meeting agenda![:]

[:en]You’ve probably heard the buzz – UNAIDS has launched a global initiative to scale up HIV testing among young people – the 90-90-90 initiative. But what does this mean? This means by 2020, we need to work towards having:

  1. 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status. According to UNAIDS, unfortunately only an estimated 45% of people living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa know their status. This is not nearly enough. By knowing your status, young people can access appropriate treatment to manage the virus and obtain safer practices to prevent it from spreading to others.
  1. 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infections will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy. With high treatment coverage levels, individuals testing positive for HIV will need to have access to appropriate treatment and counseling. As part of this initiative, countries will need to have more accessible HIV treatment and care, such as diagnostic tests and other treatment-related items. Making it free to individuals will help encourage young people to ensure they have the adequate treatment.
  1. 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression. This means having less of the HIV virus particles in your blood. HIV Antiviral treatment helps control and decrease these levels so you are living healthily with the virus. To do this, you must take your treatment and go to the clinic regularly to ensure you are monitoring it safely. Part of this target will include ensuring clinics and health facilities will have improved access to viral load testing technologies and eliminate barriers that could stop a young person from getting access to treatment such as cost, stigma, age constraints and geographical distance.

 Aligning with the Eastern and Southern African (ESA) Commitment, these ambitious targets on HIV treatment is part of a global strategy to fast track the end of the AIDS epidemic by 2030.

Do you know your own status?

To learn more about the initiative go to: http://www.unaids.org/sites/default/files/media_asset/90-90-90_en_0.pdf[:]

[:en]Written and photos taken by Taban Robert Aggrey, journalists in Juba, South Sudan

‘Stigmatization is one of the leading factors discouraging young people from attending youth friendly health facilities’ said Dr. Victoria Achut, Director for the HIV Department, Ministry of Health South Sudan in her opening address during a journalist training workshop earlier this month.

Journalists in South Sudan will be utilizing their critical role in the community to break down detrimental barriers caused by stigma. A three-day training workshop, conducted by UNESCO, was hosted last week, 5-7 October 2015, in efforts to build greater knowledge among journalists on sexuality education. The training is the first of its kind, targeting broadcast media and radio personnel to develop scripts that will disseminate critical information to young people, parents, and communities across the country of South Sudan.

Stigma and discrimination hinder many young people from accessing crucial sexual and reproductive health care that they need. This includes receiving HIV testing and treatment, contraceptives and pregnancy care. Although the need to defuse stigma and discrimination is widely accepted across South Sudan and Eastern and Southern Africa, it is still prevalent in many communities.

Journalists in the workshop

Journalists in the workshop

Topics that will air on radio and broadcasting stations include healthy relationships, puberty and body reproduction, sexuality, gender and human rights, STIs and HIV/AIDS prevention, pregnancy and contraception, among others. There will also be further information linking young people to youth friendly centers that help them better access health supports and services they need.

“The Ministry of Health and South Sudan AIDs Commission are committed to addressing the issues of sexuality and HIV prevention especially among young people in and out of schools,” said Dr. Victoria.

She revealed that countries like Uganda, Kenya, Zambia, Botswana, Angola, and Zimbabwe have succeeded in establishing youth friendly centers – South Sudan will need to follow suit.

Dr. Victoria applauds the efforts of UNESCO and other development partners for trying hard to address the issues of stigma, ensuring every young person may practice their basic human right to sexual and reproductive health information and services.

Habib Dafalla, the Director General of Programme Coordination, South Sudan AIDS Commission (SSAC), said getting the media trained is one crucial way of helping to “crack down” on HIV prevalence in South Sudan. He further emphasized that journalists have an important role to play in sharing life-saving knowledge and skills to young people across the country.

Wishing the journalists good luck in their places of work. He urged to use the knowledge and skills they learned to have impactful coverage across the whole of South Sudan.[:pt]Written and photos taken by: Taban Robert Aggrey, journalists in Juba, South Sudan

‘Stigmatization is one of the leading factors discouraging young people from attending youth friendly health facilities’ said Dr. Victoria Achut, Director for the HIV Department, Ministry of Health South Sudan in her opening address during a journalist training workshop earlier this month.

Journalists in South Sudan will be utilising their critical role in the community to break down detrimental barriers caused by stigma. A three-day training workshop, conducted by UNESCO, was hosted last week, 5-7 October 2015, in efforts to build greater knowledge among journalists on sexuality education. The training is the first of its kind, targeting broadcast media and radio personnel to develop scripts that will disseminate critical information to young people, parents and communities across the country of South Sudan.

Stigma and discrimination hinders many young people from accessing crucial sexual and reproductive health care that they need. This includes receiving HIV testing and treatment, contraceptives and pregnancy care. Although the need to defuse stigma and discrimination is widely accepted across South Sudan and Eastern and Southern Africa, it is still prevalent across many communities.

Journalists in the workshop

Journalists in the workshop

Topics that will air on radio and broadcasting stations include healthy relationships, puberty and body reproduction, sexuality, gender and human rights, STIs and HIV/AIDS prevention, pregnancy and contraception, among others. There will also be further information linking young people to youth friendly centres that help them better access health supports and services they need.

“The Ministry of Health and South Sudan AIDs Commission are committed in addressing the issues of sexuality and HIV prevention especially among young people in and out of schools,” said Dr. Victoria.

She revealed that countries like Uganda, Kenya, Zambia, Botswana, Angola, and Zimbabwe have succeeded in establishing youth friendly centres – South Sudan will need to follow suit.

Dr. Victoria applauds the efforts of UNESCO and other development partners for trying hard to address the issues of stigma, ensuring every young person may practice their basic human right to sexual and reproductive health information and services.

Habib Dafalla, the Director General of Programme Coordination, South Sudan AIDS Commission (SSAC), said getting the media trained is one crucial way of helping to “crack down” on HIV prevalence in South Sudan. He further emphasized that journalists have an important role to play in sharing life-saving knowledge and skills to young people across the country.

Wishing the journalists good luck in their places of work. He urged to use the knowledge and skills they learned to have impactful coverage across the whole of South Sudan.[:fr]Written and photos taken by: Taban Robert Aggrey, journalists in Juba, South Sudan

‘Stigmatization is one of the leading factors discouraging young people from attending youth friendly health facilities’ said Dr. Victoria Achut, Director for the HIV Department, Ministry of Health South Sudan in her opening address during a journalist training workshop earlier this month.

Journalists in South Sudan will be utilising their critical role in the community to break down detrimental barriers caused by stigma. A three-day training workshop, conducted by UNESCO, was hosted last week, 5-7 October 2015, in efforts to build greater knowledge among journalists on sexuality education. The training is the first of its kind, targeting broadcast media and radio personnel to develop scripts that will disseminate critical information to young people, parents and communities across the country of South Sudan.

Stigma and discrimination hinders many young people from accessing crucial sexual and reproductive health care that they need. This includes receiving HIV testing and treatment, contraceptives and pregnancy care. Although the need to defuse stigma and discrimination is widely accepted across South Sudan and Eastern and Southern Africa, it is still prevalent across many communities.

Journalists in the workshop

Journalists in the workshop

Topics that will air on radio and broadcasting stations include healthy relationships, puberty and body reproduction, sexuality, gender and human rights, STIs and HIV/AIDS prevention, pregnancy and contraception, among others. There will also be further information linking young people to youth friendly centres that help them better access health supports and services they need.

“The Ministry of Health and South Sudan AIDs Commission are committed in addressing the issues of sexuality and HIV prevention especially among young people in and out of schools,” said Dr. Victoria.

She revealed that countries like Uganda, Kenya, Zambia, Botswana, Angola, and Zimbabwe have succeeded in establishing youth friendly centres – South Sudan will need to follow suit.

Dr. Victoria applauds the efforts of UNESCO and other development partners for trying hard to address the issues of stigma, ensuring every young person may practice their basic human right to sexual and reproductive health information and services.

Habib Dafalla, the Director General of Programme Coordination, South Sudan AIDS Commission (SSAC), said getting the media trained is one crucial way of helping to “crack down” on HIV prevalence in South Sudan. He further emphasized that journalists have an important role to play in sharing life-saving knowledge and skills to young people across the country.

Wishing the journalists good luck in their places of work. He urged to use the knowledge and skills they learned to have impactful coverage across the whole of South Sudan.[:]

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in our World Poetry Day contest. Every submission was so beautiful and thoughtful – it is amazing to see such talent!

It was a very tough decision but it is with great excitement that we announce this years winner: upcoming writer and poet, Lekpele M. Nyamalon.

Lekpele’s entry, titled “Forgotten Future”, shares with us what he thinks young people deserve in a simple and beautifully haunting poem. Congratulations, Lekpele!

Forgotten future

We don’t crave the stars
But a light to shine on our paths
That we stumble not

Not the moon
Just a space to play at night
And beam with innocence

We hope not for diamonds
But a precious gift of dignity
Buried beneath our ground

Let our girls live
And go to school too
Spare them from rape and genital mutilation

Our little boys aren’t men
For arms and drugs
Leave them

Give the earth when you’re done
We might need it
Free from pollution

We need a life
At least once
Is that hard?

 

About the Author:

Lekpele M. Nyamalon is an upcoming Liberian writer and poet. He has featured at several open-mic events across Liberia and contributes regularly to the Poetry column of the Daily Observer Newspaper in Liberia.  Lekpele has featured at the Liberian National Museum Arts exhibition as a guest poet and the One billion rising of the vagina monologues in Monrovia. He was recently selected as a participating Poet, along with other West African Poets on a Poet’s residency on Goree Island, Senegal organized by the Open Society Initiative of West Africa (OSIWA) to articulate their views of a new Africa .

[:en]Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO once said: “every poem is unique but each reflects the universal in human experience, the aspiration for creativity that crosses all boundaries and boarders, of time as well as space, in the constant affirmation of humanity as a single family.”

March 21, 2015, is UNESCO World Poetry Day and we want YOU to take part.

We will be hosting a #YoungPeopleDeserve Poetry Contest. The criteria is simple: write a poem in any style that tells us what YOU think young people deserve. This could be a ballad, limerick, haiku, blank verse, sonnet or another style of your choice. Send your poem to esacommitment@unesco.org  by midnight on March 19 with the subject line: World Poetry Day and your name. The winning entry will be featured on our blog on World Poetry Day.

By joining us in celebrating World Poetry Day you are helping us recognize the unique ability of poetry to capture the creative spirit of the human mind.

We look forward to reading all of your entries! Good luck!

[:pt]Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO once said “every poem is unique but each reflects the universal in human experience, the aspiration for creativity that crosses all boundaries and boarders, of time as well as space, in the constant affirmation of humanity as a single family.”

March 21, 2015 is UNESCO World Poetry Day and we want YOU to take part.

We will be hosting a #YoungPeopleDeserve Poetry Contest. The criteria is simple: write a poem in any style that tells us what YOU think young people deserve. This could be a ballad, limerick, haiku, blank verse, sonnet or another style of your choice. Send your poem to esacommitment@unesco.org  by midnight on March 19 with the subject line: World Poetry Day and your name. The winning entry will be featured on our blog on World Poetry Day.

By joining us in celebrating World Poetry Day you are helping us recognise the unique ability of poetry to capture the creative spirit of the human mind.

We look forward to reading all of your entries! Good luck!

[:fr]Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO once said “every poem is unique but each reflects the universal in human experience, the aspiration for creativity that crosses all boundaries and boarders, of time as well as space, in the constant affirmation of humanity as a single family.”

March 21, 2015 is UNESCO World Poetry Day and we want YOU to take part.

We will be hosting a #YoungPeopleDeserve Poetry Contest. The criteria is simple: write a poem in any style that tells us what YOU think young people deserve. This could be a ballad, limerick, haiku, blank verse, sonnet or another style of your choice. Send your poem to esacommitment@unesco.org  by midnight on March 19 with the subject line: World Poetry Day and your name. The winning entry will be featured on our blog on World Poetry Day.

By joining us in celebrating World Poetry Day you are helping us recognise the unique ability of poetry to capture the creative spirit of the human mind.

We look forward to reading all of your entries! Good luck!

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[:en]2014 has been a year full of impressive progress from countries involved in the Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) Commitment. Since the signing of the commitment in December 2013, huge strides have been made to deliver comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services for young people.

As we ring in a new year, join us as we take a look at just some of the country progress and event highlights from this past year…

Youth Career Festival in Namibia Provides Comprehensive Sexuality Education
March 2014

An annual youth career festival was hosted in Namibia that provided SRH services to approximately 4,000 young people who attended. Condom demonstrations and free integrated HIV and SRH services, including HIV testing, were provided.

Zambian Government Implements National Programme on Comprehensive Sexuality Education
April 2014

The national CSE programme launched in April of this past year targets 1,750,000 young people, between the ages of 10 to 24, with a new CSE curriculum. Part of this includes strategies to give young people easier access to HIV testing and other necessary health services.

The overall goal is for adolescents and young people in Zambia to receive better sexual and reproductive health services and education, with a focus on preventing new HIV infections and unintended pregnancies.

The President of Malawi Signs Commitment to End Child Marriage
July 2014

On 25th July 2014 the President of Malawi, His Excellency Peter Mutharika, signed the SADC Commitment to end child marriages. Following the signing of the commitment, a national campaign on ending child marriages was launched in October.

Also being developed, the Malawi Cabinet has endorsed the Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations Bill, which will be taken to Parliament for passing to become a law. The proposed law would make 18 the minimum age of marriage for girls and boys, addressing a major shortfall in Malawi’s previously made efforts.

HIV/AIDS Awareness Workshops held at Cultural Festival in Mozambique
August 2014

The National Cultural Festival, organized by the Ministry of Culture in Inhambane, Mozambique, hosted domestic and international artists, cultural agents, and practitioners for a weeklong celebration of diversity.

The festival took place this past August and included HIV/AIDS awareness workshops that were jointly organized by UNESCO and UNFPA and led by Associação Coalizão da Juventude Moçambicana.

By focusing on scaling up Comprehensive Sexuality Education and capacity building in Eastern and Southern Africa, the workshops provided participants with access to high quality comprehensive sexuality education, increasing their knowledge on sexual and reproductive health and rights.

South Sudan Ministry of Education Prepares Integration of Comprehensive Sexuality Education into Curriculum
September 2014

Over 60 stakeholders gathered at the Millennium Hotel in Juba, South Sudan, for a three-day workshop to discuss the strategies of integrating CSE into schools. The National Ministry of Eduction, Science and Technology (MOEST) has been preparing for the integration of CSE over the past year. The aim is to strengthen HIV prevention and fostering positive health outcomes in South Sudan with the theme: Young people today, time to act now.

The outcome of the government led process motivated key education partners, including: MOEST, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNICEF and Light for the World to improve integration of CSE into Life Skills guidelines.

Inaugural Intergenerational Dialogue on Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights takes place in Uganda
September 2014

At this event, 250 individuals including, youth, elders, civil society organizations, policy makers and educators from across Uganda were brought together to discuss how to strengthen effective and meaningful involvement of young people in sexual reproductive health rights.

Discussions at the event covered technical, contextual, cultural, religious, age and gender dynamics, offering a platform for young people to engage with leaders from government, the private sector and civil societies to share stories, recommendations and perspectives on concerns and issues in regards to sexual and reproductive health rights.

The even highlights important lessons learned from the experiences of older advocates of sexual health, and offered a safe space for young people to opening discuss the issues facing their generation.

 ASRHR 2014 Symposium hosted in Lusaka, Zambia
December 2014

The Investing in Adolescents Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights and HIV 2014 Symposium was hosted in Lusaka, Zambia early December.

Over 1,500 delegates, from 29 countries were in attendance and of those attendees, 350 young people stood up to speak out for issues that directly impact them and their rights.

Throughout the symposium, permanent secretaries and their representatives from Eastern and Southern Africa shared their country progress in the implementation of the commitment.
These are only a small fraction of the incredible strides that have been made in the past year. For more information on country progress please take a look at our one-year progress report here:

One Year in Review – English

Bilan D’une Année – Francais

Resumo De Um Ano – Português

 [:pt]2014 foi um ano de progresso impressionante de países envolvidos no Compromisso da África Oriental e Austral (AOA). Desde a assinatura do compromisso em dezembro de 2013, enormes passos foram dados para proporcionar a educação sexual compreensiva (ESC) e os serviços de saúde sexual reprodutiva (SSR) aos jovens.

Ao começarmos um novo ano, junte-se a nós ao olharmos para alguns dos progressos e pontos altos de eventos do passado ano…

Festival de Carreiras da Juventude na Namíbia oferece educação sexual compreensiva
Março-14

Um festival anual de carreiras da juventude que oferece serviços de SSR foi apresentado na Namíbia a aproximadamente 4,000 jovens participantes. Demonstrações de preservativos e serviços integrados grátis de VIH e de SSR, incluindo testes ao VIH, foram oferecidos.

O Governo da Zâmbia Implementa um Programa Nacional sobre educação sexual compreensiva
Abril-14

O programa nacional de ESE lançado em abril deste ano que passou tem como alvo 1,750,000 jovens entre as idades de 10 a 24, com um novo currículo de ESC. Em parte, isto inclui estratégias para dar aos jovens um acesso mais fácil a testes de VIH e outros serviços de saúde necessários.

O objetivo principal é de que adolescentes e pessoas jovens da Zâmbia recebam melhores serviços de saúde sexual e reprodutiva e educação, centrando-se em prevenir novas infeções de VIH e gravidezes não intencionadas.

O Presidente do Malawi Assina o Compromisso para Acabar com o Casamento Infantil
ulho-14

No dia 25 de julho o Presidente do Malawi, Sua Excelência Peter Mutharika, assinou o Compromisso SADC para acabar com os casamentos infantis. Seguindo-se à assinatura do compromisso, uma campanha nacional para acabar com os casamentos infantis foi lançada em outubro.

Também a ser desenvolvido, o Gabinete do Malawi endossou o projeto lei do das relações de Casamento, Divórcio e Família, que será levado ao Parlamento para passar a ser lei. A lei proposta fará com que a idade mínima de casamento seja 18 anos para raparigas e rapazes, abordando um grande défice nos esforços previamente feitos pelo Malawi.

Workshops de Sensibilização de VIH/SIDA apresentados no Festival Cultural de Moçambique
Agosto-14

O Festival Cultural Nacional, organizado pelo Ministério da Cultura em Inhambane, Moçambique, apresentou artistas nacionais e internacionais, agentes de cultura, e praticantes para uma celebração da diversidade ao longo de uma semana.

O festival teve lugar no passado agosto e incluiu workshops de sensibilização do VIH/SIDA conjuntamente organizados pela UNESCO e a UNFPA e liderados pela Associação Coalizão da Juventude Moçambicana.

Centrando-se em ampliar a Educação Sexual Extensiva e a capacidade de construir na África Oriental e Austral, os workshops ofereceram aos participantes o acesso à alta qualidade de educação sexual compreensiva, aumentando o seu conhecimento sobre a saúde e direitos da saúde sexual e reprodutiva.

O Ministério da Educação do Sudão do Sul Prepara a Integração da Educação Sexual Compreensiva no Currículo.
Setembro-14

Mais de 60 partes interessadas juntaram-se no Millennium Hotel em Juba, Sudão do Sul, para um workshop de três dias para discutir as estratégias de integração da ESE nas escolas. O Ministério da Educação, Ciências e Tecnologia (MDEST) esteve a preparar-se para a integração da ESE no passado ano. O objetivo é reforçar a prevenção de VIH e promover resultados de saúde positivos no Sudão do Sul com o tema: Jovens hoje, é tempo de agir agora.

O resultado do processo conduzido pelo governo motivou parceiros chave de educação incluindo: o MDEST, a UNESCO, a UNFPA, a UNINICEF e a Light for the World para melhorar a integração da ESE na orientação de Competências de Vida.

O Diálogo Inaugural Entre Gerações sobre os Direitos da Saúde Sexual e Reprodutiva será realizado no Uganda.
Setembro-14

Neste evento, 250 indivíduos, incluindo os jovens, as pessoas mais velhas, as organizações sociais civis, os responsáveis políticos e educadores de todo o Uganda juntaram-se para discutir como reforçar o envolvimento significativo e eficaz dos jovens nos direitos da saúde sexual e reprodutiva.

As discussões deste evento incidiram sobre a dinâmica técnica, contextual, cultural, religiosa e de idades e sexo (género), oferecendo uma plataforma para jovens participar com líderes do governo, do setor privado e sociedades civis para partilhar histórias, recomendações e perspetivas sobre problemas e preocupações a respeito dos direitos de saúde sexual e reprodutiva.

O evento destaca lições importantes aprendidas das experiências de antigos defensores de saúde sexual, e ofereceu um espaço seguro para os jovens discutirem abertamente os problemas que a sua geração enfrenta.

 O Simpósio SRHR 2014 apresentado em Lusaca, Zâmbia
Dezembro-14

O Simpósio 2014 do Investimento na Saúde e Direitos da Saúde Sexual e Reprodutiva e VIH foi apresentado em Lusaca, Zâmbia no principio de dezembro.

Mais de 1,500 delegados de 29 países participaram e desses que participaram, 350 jovens levantaram-se para falar dos problemas que têm impacto direto neles e nos seus direitos.

Durante todo o simpósio, secretários permanentes e os seus representativos da África Oriental e Austral partilharam o progresso dos seus países na implementação do compromisso.
Esta é apenas uma pequena fração dos passos incríveis que foram dados no ano passado. Para mais informações sobre o progresso dos países ver o nosso relatório de progresso de um ano aqui:

One Year in Review – English

Bilan D’une Année – Francais

Resumo De Um Ano – Português

 [:fr]2014 a été une année pleine de progrès de la part des pays impliqués dans l’Engagement de l’Afrique Orientale et Australe (AOA. Depuis la signature de l’Engagement en Décembre 2013, d’énormes progrès ont été réalisés pour offrir une éducation sexuelle et des services de santé sexuelle et reproductive (SSR) pour les jeunes.

Alors que nous entrons dans une nouvelle année, rejoignez-nous et jetons un coup d’œil à la progression des pays et aux points forts de cette année écoulée …

Le festival des carrières pour les jeunes en Namibie fournit une éducation sexuelle
Mars 2014

Un festival annuel de carrière des jeunes a été organisé en Namibie qui a fourni des services de SSR à environ 4000 jeunes qui y ont assisté. Démonstrations de préservatifs et de services VIH et de SSR intégrés gratuits, y compris le dépistage du VIH, ont été fournis.

Gouvernement zambien met en œuvre le Programme national sur l’éducation sexuelle
Avril 2014

Le programme national d’éducation sexuelle lancé en Avril de cette année écoulée vise 1.750.000 jeunes, âgés de 10 à 24, avec un nouveau programme d’éducation sexuelle. Une partie comprend des stratégies pour donner aux jeunes un accès plus facile au dépistage du VIH et à d’autres services de santé nécessaires.

L’objectif général est pour les adolescents et les jeunes en Zambie pour recevoir de meilleurs services de santé sexuelle et reproductive et une éducation, avec un accent sur la prévention des nouvelles infections au VIH et sur les grossesses non-désirées.

Le Président du Malawi signe l’Engagement sur la fin du mariage des enfants
Juillet 2014

Le 25 Juillet 2014, Son Excellence Peter Mutharika, Président du Malawi, a signé l’Engagement mettant fin au mariage des enfants. A la suite de la signature de cet engagement, une campagne nationale relative à la fin du mariage des enfants a été lancée en Octobre.

Également développé, le Cabinet du Malawi a approuvé le projet de loi relatif au mariage, au divorce et aux relations familiales, qui sera présenté au Parlement afin de devenir une loi. Le projet de loi fait de 18 ans l’âge minimum du mariage pour les filles et les garçons, faisant ainsi face à un déficit important des efforts déjà réalisés par le Malawi.

Des ateliers de sensibilisation au VIH / SIDA tenus pendant le festival culturel au Mozambique
Août 2014

Le Festival culturel national, organisé par le Ministère de la Culture à Inhambane, au Mozambique, a accueilli des artistes nationaux et internationaux, des agents culturels, et des praticiens pour une semaine de célébrations de la diversité.

Le festival a eu lieu en août et comprenait des ateliers de sensibilisation au VIH / SIDA qui ont été organisés conjointement par l’UNESCO et le FNUAP et dirigés par Associação da Juventude Coalizão Moçambicana.

En mettant l’accent sur l’intensification de l’éducation sexuelle  et le renforcement des capacités en Afrique Orientale et Australe, les ateliers ont donné aux participants l’accès à une éducation sexuelle de qualité, en augmentant leurs connaissances sur les droits et la santé sexuelle et reproductive.

Le ministre de l’Éducation du Sud-Soudan prépare l’intégration de l’éducation sexuelle dans les programmes
Septembre 2014

Plus de 60 intervenants se sont réunis à l’Hôtel Millennium à Juba, au Sud- Soudan, pour un atelier de trois jours afin de discuter des stratégies d’intégration de l’éducation sexuelle dans les écoles. Le ministère de l’Éducation Nationale, des Sciences et de la Technologie a préparé l’intégration de l’éducation sexuelle au cours de l’année écoulée. L’objectif est de renforcer la prévention du VIH et la promotion de résultats positifs sur la santé dans le Sud-Soudan sur le thème: Les jeunes d’aujourd’hui, c’est maintenant le temps d’agir.

Le résultat du gouvernement a conduit à la motivation des partenaires clés de l’éducation, y compris: MOEST, l’UNESCO, le FNUAP, l’UNICEF et Lumière pour le Monde à améliorer l’intégration de l’éducation sexuelle dans les lignes directrices des connaissances de la vie quotidienne.

Un dialogue intergénérationnel inaugural sur les droits de la santé sexuelle et reproductive a lieu en Ouganda
Septembre 2014

Lors de cet événement, 250 personnes, y compris les jeunes, les aînés, les organisations de la société civile, les décideurs et les éducateurs à travers l’Ouganda se sont réunis pour discuter des moyens de renforcer la participation effective et significative des jeunes sur les droits de la santé sexuelle et reproductive.

Les discussions tenues lors de l’événement ont porté sur les dynamiques techniques, contextuelles, culturelles et religieuses, offrant une plate-forme pour les jeunes pour s’engager avec les dirigeants du gouvernement, le secteur privé et la société civile et partager des histoires, des recommandations et des points de vue sur les préoccupations et les enjeux relatifs aux droits de la santé sexuelle et reproductive.

Les points forts, dans le domaine de la santé sexuelle, ont été tirés de l’expérience des avocats et des ainés de la santé, et ont offert un espace sécurisé pour les jeunes en ouvrant des discussions sur les enjeux de leur génération.

Le Colloque IDSSRA 2014 s’est tenu à Lusaka, en Zambie
Décembre 2014

Le Colloque Investissement dans les Droits et la Santé Sexuelle et Reproductive des Adolescents et le VIH de 2014 VIH a été organisé à Lusaka, en Zambie, début Décembre.

Plus de 1 500 délégués, provenant de 29 pays étaient présents et, parmi ces participants, 350 jeunes se sont levés pour parler des questions qui influent directement sur eux et sur leurs droits.

Tout au long du colloque, les secrétaires permanents en Afrique Orientale et Australe et leurs représentants ont partagé la progression de leurs pays dans la mise en œuvre de l’Engagement.

 

Ce n’est qu’une petite fraction des progrès incroyables qui ont été faits l’année dernière. Pour plus d’informations sur les progrès des pays, veuillez jeter un coup d’oeil à notre état d’avancement de cette année-ci :

One Year in Review – English

Bilan D’une Année – Francais

Resumo De Um Ano – Português

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[:en]Over the past three days 173 young people from 28 countries across Africa were brought together at the Pre-Youth Symposium in Lusaka, Zambia, to examine barriers to Adolescent and Youth SHHR Information and Services.

The Zambian Ministry of Youth and Sports hosted the Pre-Youth Symposium in collaboration with NYPD, UNESCO, PPAZ and UNFPA. This event acted as a prelude to the main symposium, which begins tomorrow: December 8th, 2014.

The pre-symposium unified young people from multiple regions across Africa, including youth leaders from youth serving organizations, adolescent peer educators, youth living with HIV/AIDS and youth workers from ministries in charge of youth affairs. The priority was on young people between the ages of 18-24 years, with a focus on girls and other groups of disadvantaged youth.

The purpose of this event was to provide a platform for adolescents and youth to discuss and advocate for issues affecting young people in their regions and to share strategies for effective change going forward.

In their discussions the youth conferred about strengthened advocacy strategies for investment in youth in the post-2015 agenda. They also wish to promote an exchange of knowledge and skills on sexuality, behavior change, CSE and YFS.

From these deliberations, over the course of the two and a half day conference, a series of action items were developed. The most pertinent task identified was to scale up comprehensive sexuality education among young people in Eastern and Southern Africa.

The youth in the pre-symposium also reaffirmed that the “Time to act is NOW.” Meaning, that more needs to be done by young people for young people in the national context. This includes holding their governments accountable for increased exposure to developments that better the future of young people. The better future these young people envision includes eliminating teenage pregnancy, gender-based violence and HIV and STI infections.

In close the young people asked for something simple: for a deepened engagement from UN bodies, governments and communities in order for their voices to be heard and for positive changes to be made. There is no better time to act than now.

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Facebook [:pt]No curso dos três dias passados 173 pessoas jovens de 28 países de toda a Africa juntaram-se no Pré-Simpósio dos Jovens em Lusaca, Zâmbia, para examinar as barreiras as Informações e Serviços de SHHR

O Ministério da Juventude e do Desporto da Zâmbia apresentou um pré-simposio de Jovens em colaboração com a NYPD, a UNESCO, a PPAZ e a UNFPA. Este evento atuou como um prelúdio do simpósio principal, que começa amanha: 8 de dezembro de 2014.

O pré-simpósio unificou pessoas jovens de regiões múltiplas de toda a África, incluindo líderes jovens, organizações de serviços para jovens, educadores amigos adolescentes, jovens que vivem com VIH/SIDA e trabalhadores para jovens dos ministérios encarregados dos assuntos da juventude.

O fim deste evento foi de oferecer uma plataforma para os adolescentes e jovens para discutir e defender problemas que afetam pessoas jovens nas suas regiões e para partilhar estratégias para a mudança eficaz de avançar.

Nas suas discussões os jovens conferiram as estratégias de defesa reforçada para o investimento nos jovens na agenda pós-2015. Também desejam promover a troca de conhecimentos e competências sobre a sexualidade, mudança de comportamento, ESE e YFS.

Destas deliberações, no curso dos dois dias e meio de conferencia, uma série de ações foram desenvolvidas. A tarefa mais pertinente identificada foi a de aumentar a educação sexual extensiva entre jovens na África Oriental e Austral.

Os jovens também reafirmaram no pré-simposio que “a altura de agir é AGORA”. Isto significa que é preciso fazer mais pelos jovens no contexto nacional. Isto inclui responsabilizar os governos pelo crescimento da exposição aos desenvolvimentos que melhoram o futuro dos jovens. O futuro melhor que estes jovens perspetivam inclui eliminar a gravidez de adolescentes, violência com base no sexo e infeções VIH e DST.

No fecho, os jovens pediram algo simples: uma aprofundada participação dos corpos da UN, governos e comunidades para que a sua voz seja ouvida e para que mudanças positivas sejam feitas. Não há altura melhor para agir que agora.

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Facebook [:fr]Au cours des trois derniers jours, 173 jeunes provenant de 28 pays à travers l’Afrique se sont réunis lors du pré -colloque de la jeunesse à Lusaka, en Zambie, pour examiner les obstacles à l’information et aux services chez les adolescents et les jeunes.

Le ministère zambien de la Jeunesse et des Sports a accueilli le pré-Colloque de la jeunesse en collaboration avec le NYPD, l’UNESCO, le PPAZ et le FNUAP. Cet événement a servi de prélude au colloque principal qui a commencé le lendemain, 8 Décembre 2014.

Le pré-colloque a réuni des jeunes de plusieurs régions d’Afrique, y compris les leaders de jeunesse des organisations de service aux jeunes, des pairs éducateurs des adolescents, les jeunes atteints du VIH / SIDA et les jeunes travailleurs des ministères en charge des affaires de la jeunesse. La priorité a été portée sur les jeunes âgés de 18-24 ans, avec un accent sur les filles et d’autres groupes de jeunes défavorisés.

Le but de cet événement était de fournir une plate-forme pour les adolescents et les jeunes pour qu’il soit discuté des questions qui touchent les jeunes dans leurs régions et partagé des stratégies permettant un changement efficace dans l’avenir.

Dans leurs discussions les jeunes ont débattu des stratégies à développer pour le renforcement des investissements dans la jeunesse dans l’agenda post-2015. Ils souhaitent aussi promouvoir l’échange de connaissances et de compétences sur la sexualité, le changement de comportement et l’éducation sexuelle.

De ces délibérations, au cours des deux journées et demie de conférences, une série de points d’action a été élaborée. La tâche la plus pertinente identifiée a été la mise en place d’une éducation sexuelle chez les jeunes en Afrique Orientale et Australe.

Les jeunes lors du pré-colloque ont également réaffirmé que “c’est maintenant le temps d’agir.” Cela signifie que davantage doit être fait par les jeunes pour les jeunes dans le contexte national. Cela comprend :

  • tenir  leurs gouvernements pour responsables
  • augmenter l’exposition à des développements améliorant l’avenir des jeunes. Ce meilleur avenir envisagé comprend la fin des grossesses chez les adolescentes, de la violence sexiste, des infections aux VIH et des MST.

En résumé les jeunes gens ont demandé quelque chose de simple: un engagement approfondi des organes des Nations Unies, des gouvernements et des communautés pour que leurs voix soient entendues et pour des changements soient faits. Il n’y a pas de meilleur moment pour agir que maintenant.

 

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Every two years, the Ministry of Culture organizes the National Cultural Festival in the province of Inhambane in Mozambique. The festival hosts domestic and international artists, cultural agents, and practitioners for a weeklong celebration of diversity. This year, the festival took place from the 13th to 20th of August and included HIV/AIDS awareness workshops that were jointly organized by UNESCO and UNFPA and led by Associação Coalizão da Juventude Moçambicana.

By focusing on scaling up Comprehensive Sexuality Education and capacity building in Eastern and Southern Africa, the workshops provided participants access to high quality sexuality education, increasing their knowledge on sexual and reproductive health and rights. About 50 young people attended each workshop, which were led by Associação Coalizão da Juventude Moçambicana, an NPO that works in the area of Sexual and Reproductive Health for adolescents and youth, and whose focus is primarily on young girls, HIV/AIDS and gender issues.

“The workshops raised awareness on various issues of Sexual and Reproductive Health and on emerging issues related to HIV and AIDS prevention. Sessions were interactive and encouraged participants to make confident and educated decisions about their sexual health. Young people learned and practiced how to use both male and female condoms and were able to speak freely and contribute to discussions,” said Angelina Tivane with UNESCO.

“The Festival provided an opportunity to host these important workshops on Comprehensive Sexuality Education. The sessions highlighted important issues that directly effect young people in Mozambique, issues such as sexuality and reproductive health and HIV and AIDS prevention.”

The National Cultural Festival showcases the contemporary and ethnic heritage of Mozambique, as well as the commitment of the State to cultural diversity and to programmes, such as Comprehensive Sexuality Education. Going forward, a level of collaboration and innovation with other sectors, such as industry, commerce and finance, will further solidify the country’s commitment to the economy of cultural production, but also national development.

5 October 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of World Teachers’ Day.

Education is only as good as its teachers. They are central to ensuring quality education for our future generations. Training our teachers is a top priority, especially when integrating new curriculum, such as sexuality education, into the school systems. We recognize the need to equipping and empowering teachers with the right competencies to deliver quality sexuality education.

Challenges facing teachers

In many cases and in various countries, teachers work without resources or proper training, often teaching without comprehensive knowledge or comfort level related to topics of sexuality, especially in a youth-friendly manner. Preconceived cultural attitudes and perceptions also shape how these topics – including teenage pregnancy, condom use and HIV – are taught in the classroom.

Through the Ministerial commitment, policies, legal frameworks and implementation practices will help to improve these situations in the future.

Piloting the first teacher training workshop for comprehensive sexuality education

From 26 August to 6 September, UNESCO and Advocates for Youth (AFY, USA) conducted the first-of-its-kind piloting project: teacher-training workshops in Kampala, Uganda. The workshops aimed to provide educators in Uganda with the appropriate knowledge and skills regarding HIV/AIDS, Life Skills, Sexuality Education and Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health. This foundation is important for teachers in order to be able to support the scaling up of sexuality education in pre and in-service teacher training not only in Uganda but also across Eastern and Southern Africa.

The workshop focused on pretesting a pre-service teacher education module that has been developed by UNESCO to be used in the ESA region. Finally, the outcomes of the workshop allowed UNESCO to discuss strategies for rolling out the module at a country level.

Workshop Participants from across the Education Sector

Participants from the Ministry of Education, Curriculum Development Centre, Teachers, Scouts Association, UNAIDS, UNFPA and CSO for young people all attended the workshop. The module was well received by participants and great feedback was obtained that will be used to improve the workshops going forward.

The workshop provided great insight into the next steps involved in rolling out the comprehensive sexuality education program and even more importantly, provided a foundation for implementation across Eastern and Southern Africa.

We invite you to join us in celebrating our teachers on 5 October for World Teachers’ Day. Investing in teachers means investing in the future.